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04/23/18 06:46 AM #195    

Carol Siegel (Ross)

My family moved from Brooklyn to West Orange in 1957. My mother did not drive at the time, so she ordered meat from ​Moskovitz's Butcher Shop and it was delivered to our house. I did not at the time connect Stanley, who was in my fifth grade class in Pleasantville Elementary school with his father's store.

Now that so many years have passed, I have to admit Stanley stole my heart in sixth grade. He was just the cutest, sweetest boy. It didn't matter that I was probably six inches taller than he either. I may have even kissed him once at our sixth grade graduatin, but I'm not sure. To add a little twist, my husband Bob's father was a butcher. 

Congradulations on the great grandchild!!!


04/23/18 02:55 PM #196    

Maxine Youin (Kleiman)

I loved your story, Stan.  Really great.  I did not move to West Orange until 1960 so I missed those early years when most of our class at WOMHS was in elementary school and knew one another.  I do love reminiscing and hearing those old stories of everyone's family life way back when.  Do you think our children and grandchildren will somedayl talk about their early years with fondness? And possibly complain about what we did wrong when  they were young?  Probably.  I will try not to feel guilty!


04/23/18 05:37 PM #197    

Myles Schlank

Michele, Carol, Maxine, I just copied and sent to Stan your responses to his story (he's not signed up for our web site).


07/18/18 07:21 PM #198    

Myles Schlank

Ron Farber emailed this homage to recently departed NYC DJ Dan Ingram, several weeks ago. Apologies for my not posting this sooner. I enjoyed reading it and hope you do. Feel free to commnt.

          I did not know Dan Ingram well  --  yet met him dozens of times. He would always recognize me, talk and kid around like an old long lost friend.  In addition to being probably the most talented radio personality ever from the 'top 40' heyday (1950's -1980's), he was one of the nicest and most humble of all of them.  He really was that fantastic.

          His endless quick wit and kindness always shown through.

          Here are three true stories (one with me present) that involve this most loved and respected broadcast icon who we lost a couple of days ago.

          I grew up in the NYC metro area and remember first being so 'addicted' to "Big Dan" from his initial start at WABC in 1961 onward.  There was a time when WABC had a 14 song playlist with most of the songs repeated every 90 minutes or even quicker.  Add to this a very lengthy commercial load, frequent long jingles and two five munute newscasts each hour.  Often during peak afternoon drive time, about nine full (under 2.5 minute) songs an hour would get played! 

          Yet, Dan Ingram commanded a huge audience scoring astronomical ratings despite all the clutter because HE WAS THAT GOOD.  

1.  When I got into 'the biz' by the early 1970's I was so elated to meet Dan & keep running into him.  I remember going to a Sunday night Paul Williams concert at Lincoln Center in New York City in 1973  with a couple of fellow A&M Records execs. One was the well liked and connected record man, Jerry Love who knew Dan well.  Thus, Dan was with us that night.  After the show we went to that great 'after show' bistro, The Brasserie. Dan held court for about six of us. Within an hour, a lady came running up to him all excited saying..." I know who you are."   She then takes out a Herb Alpert poster (our boss, the "A" of A&M Records) that she had just gotten at a nearby record store and asks Dan to sign it.  Yeah  -- she thought Dan was Herb!  And he was not going to tell her. He turned to us and with a hysterical quip I wish I could remember (beyond that woman's ear shot) and then signed an illegible script on her poster.  She walked away stammering how such a big star should learn how to sign his name.  I believe Dan said he would mention this the next time he played one of Herb's records on air!

2.  With New York's many days of on and off rain, Dan often used the term 'brief showers' when reading his forecast mentioning his (made up) creations...'Peter the meter reader' and his weather girl...'Fat Fontunes.'   "Cousin Bruce Morrow's evening shift followed Dan at 7pm.  

          One rainy day, Bruce went to a local department store, bought a dozen pairs of men's Jockey briefs, and put them into a box,  He snuck up behind Dan near the end of his show and as Ingram read the weather and said "expect brief showers,"  Brucie threw the briefs high into the air above Dan.  One of the few times, Ingram really lost it!  He was laughing so hard, they had to do a very long break and he was still roaring afterward while trying to explain it to his audience!

3.  There was a promo man named Freddie Rupert who worked for Paramount Records when the film, "The Last Picture Show" was a big hit.  He had a record out by the new star of the movie, the beautiful Cybil Sheppard.

          Rick Sklar (the ironclad Program Director of WABC) would not let her do a quick on air interview on 'his airwave.'

          Rupert somehow managed to sneak Sheppard into Ingram's studio while Sklar went a a bathroom break. Rick always monitored his station and heard her on air with Dan.  He ran crazy down the hall  -- but it was too late to stop it.  Ingram was so successful, only he could override Sklar!  He continued to interview and kid Cybil while Sklar fumed.  What was he gonna do  --  fire his biggest star?  I believe Freddie was banned from visiting the station after that!

And also,  I personally remember several other things from Dan's most storied career:

1.  His wife was in a horrible auto accident while he was on the air.  

2.  During that massive power failure along the whole eastern seaboard in the mid 1960's, this pro journeyed out to New Jersey to broadcast from the WABC transmitter.  He was a trooper  --  he really cared about his audience!

3.  If you were fortunate to have a conversation with him, the man could talk about almost anything.  He was extremely knowledge in so many areas.

4.  He had a close friendship with a few recording artists.  One was Nat "King" Cole.  

5.  Probably the song he hated most (and was adamant about playing it in later years on WCBS-FM) was  the Rosie & The Originals hit, "Angel Baby."  

6.  For a short while he additionally had a show on WABC-FM (before it flipped to WPLJ)   He called this "The Other Dan Ingram."  Not only did he play different music (some light jazz and pop)  --  it was so unique to hear him without the 'famous' WABC77 echo on his voice!

7.  Through the holiday season of 1970, he did his annual Christmas show on his last scheduled shift before the 25th. Here he, Dan Ingram, demanded and got 'carte blanche' to program whatever he wanted along with the usual. Only he on the station could play The Drifters version of "White Christmas" and Augie Rios with "Donde Este Santa Claus."  And during his last one, he was hysterically critical of the loud WABC chime id blasting over the endings of Nat Cole's "Christmas Song" and Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" knocking the programming policy asking if "anything here is sacred anymore."  He was the very best!

8.  When Cousin Brucie was late for his shift (hung up in traffic), Dan stuck around for a 1/2 hour until Morrow showed up.  And he did his 'Brucie impersonation'  --   only saying "eeeeee" in that high voice like Bruce would between the records played.   No listener ever caught on or responded!

9.  Dan Ingram was responsible for Chuck Leonard coming to WABC as the first black disc jockey on any NYC pop station.  He had heard Leonard during his brief tenure on WWRL (the NYC soul music station) and Dan went to the general manager of his station, WABC, and ask how they could call themselves 'the all Americans' and not include a person of color.  Thus, Chuck was contacted, auditioned & hired for the 10pm-midnight time slot!

Following (for some of you who might not have been that familiar with Dan) are a couple of 'notices' from two of the radio trade dailies (RAMP, Talkers) which will give you some perspective on how huge and important he was to so many of us -- listeners, music co. folks and broadcasters alike.

Dan Ingram Signs Off

Mere moments before RAMP closed this issue, we received the sad news that legendary New York radio personality Dan Ingram, best known and loved for his two-decade run at the equally iconic MusicRadio 77 WABC/New York, has died -- the news was initially reported by Allan Sniffen, the longtime curator of the New York Radio Message Board site, musicradio77.com. As you might expect, the board is rapidly filling up with messages from personalities from across the country who, like us, grew up idolizing Ingram on WABC.

Sniffen posted, "This is the hardest post I have ever made to the NYRMB. Dan Ingram passed away in Florida this evening [Sunday, June 24, 2018] at the age of 83. He had numerous neurological problems over the last few years and his death was a consequence of choking. According to his son Chris, he did not suffer.

He continued, "I am so sad I cannot even express how I feel. Big Dan meant so much to me. He was my idol as a child and I revered him as an adult. To say he was the greatest Top 40 radio personality of all time only begins to describe him. I know how you feel. All of you. A world with Big Dan is unimaginable. I'm struggling...

I expect we'll be overwhelmed with comments and posts. I've set up a special board. It's linked below. Use it instead of the NYRMB both because of the quantity of what I expect will come and because it will become a permanent archive to this site.

Tomorrow is a new day for me. A day where there is no Big Dan Ingram."

Legendary Radio Personality Dan Ingram Dies at 83

New York all-news WINS-AM reports that legendary radio jock Dan Ingram died on Sunday evening (6/24) at his home in Florida after several years of dealing with health issues.  He was 83.  Ingram is widely considered to have been the greatest disc jockey in the history of American top 40 radio.  Ingram first got into radio during his student days at Hofstra University on Long Island.  He worked at WABC-AM during its heyday as a top 40 powerhouse (from 1961 to 1982).  After that, he did several weekly syndicated radio programs and, in 1991, joined the air staff at WCBS-FM, New York. TALKERS founder Michael Harrison, who shared the honor of being one of the charter inductees into the Hofstra University Radio Hall of Fame with Ingram, issued the following statement, “Dan Ingram was larger than life on WABC in its pop music heyday.  He was, in my opinion, the greatest top 40 radio disc jockey of all time – not just being a master of compacted content delivered by an awesome voice with a remarkable range, but a genius practitioner of timing that made the flow of elements, including his announcing, that rushed out of the speakers truly symphonic in nature.  He raised the presentation of pop radio formatics to an art form.  His influence on our industry’s music presenters and talk show hosts alike was absolutely profound.”

 

Two tribute videos from friends of Ron

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOmVRvf0_ac

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R51QaWT7zc


08/01/18 10:45 AM #199    

Allen Horn

Hello to my Fellow WOMHS classmates.

I have been reflecting on how much I learned from being associated with you all during our formative years in the West Orange school system. Some of you started along with me in First grade and we shared many memories along the way leading up to our Graduation in 1964.

Last week, hearing from Richard Erenkranz, served as a reminder that we are collectively fortunate to be where we are at this point in our lives. I remember  Rich as a truly remarkable  individual, brillant, enthusiastic, and talented in so many ways.

It t is a pleasure to say I knew him WHEN

We have a 55th reunion coming up and I want to ask ALL of you to try and make a sincere effort to attend. Sure, its off in 2019, but we may not collectively cross paths again if not for these planed events. I would  very much enjoy the opportunity to see and greet each one of you.

I have already sent in my $$$ and will anxiously make the trip back EAST from Tulsa, OK because its SO VERY meaningful. Please join me!  


08/02/18 01:58 PM #200    

Debby Timins (Snowman)

Beautifully said Allen.  I will be there and anxiously await time to spend with you, but no siting on the bench waiting for people to recognize you this time !!!  Did not fool me then at all!


08/02/18 05:29 PM #201    

Deborah Flax (WOMHS Class Of '68)

i remember stanly moscovitz as being a friend of alan hammer......i was good friend with alan's younger sister jill


01/14/19 11:14 AM #202    

Allen Horn

Have just heard af the unfortunate passing of Diane Stuber.

I  remember her as an extremely compassionate and sensitive individual.

During our HS years I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.When she heard of my situation she expressed such meaningful concern for my daily well-being, which I hold dear  even now. Diane was a lovely person and I feel for her family and close friends because a sincere individual is no longer with us.

One of the nicest memories I have of our Class of 1964 is our "band of brothers" attitude expressed among the classmates. There were many of YOU who helped me get over the emotional trauma  of becoming an indivual with Diabetes from the onset. You know who you are, and, I will never forget any of your kind deeds on my behalf.


08/27/19 03:50 PM #203    

Myles Schlank


        Dr. Warren Clayton Sordill of Short Hills, N.J., loving husband, devoted father and doting grandfather, passed away on Tuesday June 11, 2019.
        Warren was born on March 31, 1945 to Dr. James Vincent Sordill and Ida Cawthorne Sordill. He graduated from Mountain High School [1962] in West Orange, N.J., in 1963. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and received his dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1969. While attending the University, he played football and was a varsity baseball letterman.
        In 1968, Warren married Michele (Brashear), his wife of 51 years, and together they raised two children, Megan and Matthew. 
        Dr. Sordill was a practicing oral and maxillofacial surgeon for over 40 years. He started his career as an intern in dentistry at Long Island Jewish Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y., followed by a dental residency in anesthesia. 
He completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery training at Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica, N.Y., after which he went into private practice in Schenectady, N.Y. While in private practice, he served as director of Dental Education at St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady. 
        In 1986, he relocated to Livingston, N.J., where he practiced until February 2018. Warren was a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and an attending staff member at St. Barnabas Medical Center and Morristown Medical Center. His passion for his profession was clear to the many colleagues he worked alongside and those he mentored throughout the years. His integrity and gentle disposition were unmistakable in the skillful care and attention he provided his patients.
        Warren adored spending time with his family and friends, caring for his patients and attending sporting events. He loved family gatherings at Lake Hopatcong, summer holidays in Cape Cod, swimming at the Racquets Club, a good cigar and fire pits with his grandsons. 
        He took great pleasure in music, was a keen reader and history aficionado who loved sharing his knowledge with others. An avid sports fan, he followed with pride his son's lacrosse career, the New York Yankees and above all else, the University of Pittsburgh Golden Panthers. He had great enthusiasm for his alma mater and attended as many Pitt sporting events and band concerts as time would allow. 
        Warren is lovingly remembered by his wife, Michele; his son, Matt; his daughter, Megan, and his son-in-law, Matthew Weisser, as well as his adoring grandsons, Thomas and Henry Weisser, who will forever remember him as their Pap-pap. Additionally, he is remembered by his sister, Lee Arico; his brother-in-law Ed Decker, many cousins, nephews, nieces and countless friends. 
        A celebration of Warren's life is being planned. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Warren's memory to (sentence ended here)

Published in Star-Ledger on June 23, 2019

https://obits.nj.com/obituaries/starledger/obituary.aspx?n=warren-clayton-sordill&pid=193218620


08/27/19 06:37 PM #204    

Allen Horn

I am deeply saddened to hear about Dr Warren Sordill.

I remember him as a special member of the Mountain HS community

gWarren was a superb athlete.his speed on the football field running back kickoffs on a double reverse were a thing of beauty.

on the baseball team along with him afforded me to admire how talented he was both on the diamond and in the classroom he was emotionally mature beyond our ages and was instrumental in my thinking of him in idolic terms. He inspired me to perform beyond my talent level.

warren had lovely parents who were always seen at our ball games his father was a gentleman, so it wasn’t hard to see who he took after, his Dad always had a word of encouragement for me 

I followed his Dental career closely he was a Professionals Professional. He talents as a Oral Surgeon were well known

we all will remember him in glowing terms

may he Rest In Peace 

 

 


03/29/20 09:38 PM #205    

Myles Schlank

If Brotman's were to reopen, and only for us Medicare beneficiaries, what real and fictional products would they stock?


03/30/20 10:57 AM #206    

Carol Siegel (Ross)

N95 masks!


03/30/20 12:14 PM #207    

Patricia (Nickie) Shaffer (Gorsky)

A cure for this COVID virus...you did say fictional, right?

 


03/31/20 10:54 AM #208    

Carol Siegel (Ross)

When I made my estimate of how many Americans would die from the Covid-19 virus (about 200,000), I forgot to add in for an unknown, stupidity. It certainly looks like my number is now the minimum.

Hi, Nickie


03/31/20 03:09 PM #209    

Patricia (Nickie) Shaffer (Gorsky)

Hi Carol! Stay well...and yeah...stupidity abounds in leadership. 


04/01/20 12:03 PM #210    

Howard Linker

Hello Classmates,

Like everyone glued to their computers, Ipads, phones, and other electronic devices I feel compassion for those affected while feeling enormous gratitufde for the heroic efforts of our nurses, doctor's, er personel , etc who literarly are keeping our medical system afloat. I live in Manhattan where at exactly 7:00 pm every night vast majorities of my neighbors open their windows extend their hands and clap, and whistle and scream at the tops of their lungs for the entire medical community. In New York City there is almost never a consensus of opinions but the coronavirus has unified New York in a way I've never seen before. Yes, there is untold sorrow pain and terrible news nightly but there's also heartmoving gut wrenching stories of the human spirit, doing amazing acts on behalf of others in need.

I choose to believe in the human spirit and know we will endure. I pray for the well being of my class of '64 and the well being of the planet in general. Please stay safe......

Howard

 

 

 


04/01/20 10:22 PM #211    

Maxine Youin (Kleiman)

Thanks Howard.  We all needed to see your post.  Stay well and healthy, WOMHS class of 64!  


04/02/20 11:39 AM #212    

Howard Linker

Hello Maxine,

 

Thanks you for your comments hope you and your family are doing ok


04/02/20 11:43 AM #213    

Carol Siegel (Ross)

I was a New Yorker before I moved to New Jersey. I always knew that about New Yorkers. Everyone thinks they are cold and rude, but that is so not true, they're just busy. It's pretty bad here in Jersey, but our first responders and medical teams are also doing a stellar job. I think we're a week or two behind you as far as Covid goes. 

Yes, that goodness for electronic devices. I've been reading extensively. My English teacher would be so proud of me, if I only could remember her name.


04/03/20 12:02 PM #214    

Myles Schlank

From Steve Lipton. Click here to see a brief video of his grandon, Theo, discovering windows, in NYC. Meant in response to Howard's post, number 210. It's unlisted, on youtube.com. Unable to post a video on this site.


04/04/20 08:25 PM #215    

Myles Schlank

Returning to post # 205 (and 206, 207) re: what a reopened Brotman's supermarket should stock, the new owners uncovered in their basement a cache of 100,000 surgical masks. Rebranded for our times, these CUPID-19 masks are available in multiple colors, and offered at 1962 prices! Guaranteed to flatten the curve.

From the August 3, 1937 issue of LOOK magazine.  "To fool the flu, during a recent epidemic, movie kisses were rehearsed behind antiseptic masks. Since each kiss must be rehearsed about 20 times before the cameras turn, it was said that four out of five flu germs would be prevented from spreading. Stanley Morton and Betty Furness are shown here."


09/30/20 02:53 PM #216    

Myles Schlank

Cabana Club promo that may have pursuaded many of our parents to join. From the 1950s to the 1960s (compliments of Ora Gordon, who posted them on a CC Facebook page).

Please feel free to hit "Post Response" and post any stories about your summers at the CC, or Mountaincrest, or Hanover, or St. Cloud swim clubs.

Probably will delete some/all of these jpegs after a short while. They consume a lot of our diminishing free space.

 

 


10/01/20 12:45 PM #217    

Stuart Goldfaden

Stu

I loved Cabana Club.  We joined in 1957, and after a few fabulous summers as a camper, I got my first paying job as a Cabana Boy for 2 or 3 years. The sports and swimming every day, the Color Wars, the dances (my first date was Sharon Turk!), the food!  And "Damn Yankees" and "Oklahoma".  I got good at tennis there, and began playing doubles with Larry Wolf and Howie Linker, relationships that led to several Tennis Conference Championships while at Mountain.  It was a very big part of my youth and of West Orange, and I remember it fondly.

 

 

 


04/03/21 11:01 AM #218    

Jane Postiglione

Hi Folks.....here's a photo of my only Grandchild, Niko, born Dec 2020. Jane Postiglione


04/04/21 10:17 AM #219    

Carol Siegel (Ross)

Just the cutest, Jane.


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